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The State of Indiana Massage Therapist Requirements

Throughout the 36,418 square miles of The Hoosier State, approximately 4,000 massage therapists work to help the more than 6.5 million people in their state find relief from pain, rehabilitation from injuries, and comfort in the midst of stress and anxiety.

With 829,718 people in Indianapolis, 253,691 people in Fort Wayne, and 117,429 people in Evansville, massage therapists who work in Indiana can find an engaged environment to open, continue, or join a massage therapy business.

How Do I Become A Massage Therapist in Indiana?

If you’re ready to move into your career as a massage therapist in Indiana, you must register with the Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy. The registration fee is $100. Once you are registered, you must receive licensure by the Board. If you do not register, you will be working illegally and can receive a fine.

In order to receive this license, you must complete a minimum of 500 hours of supervised classroom and hands-on instruction from an approved massage therapy program and be certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

You can find application request forms on their website.

Where Can I Study?

The Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy approves schools that are in good standing with state, regional, or national agency of government charged with regulating massage therapy schools or programs, and is accredited by the state workforce innovation council or another state where the standards for massage therapy education are substantially the same as the standards in Indiana.

Below are two approved schools in Indiana to help you get started on what you may be looking for in a massage therapy education.

  • Midwest Academy of Healing Arts: Accredited by The Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education and a member of AMA Council of Schools, this school is “dedicated to educating future massage therapists with extremely high standards.” MAHA graduates pass the National Certification Exam with a 100 percent success rate, and many have enjoyed successful careers in massage therapy.
  • Bodyworks Massage Institute: Founded in compassion and healing, this school’s goal is to “provide educational programs and treatment sessions to help open your hands and heart to a new level of awareness and communication in all that you do.” The program exceeds the requirements for the MBLEx and has been accredited with the State Workforce Innovation Council, Office of Career and Technical Schools beginning in 2012.

Other education options include American College Massage School and Carmel School of Massage and Healing Arts.

How Much Will I Earn?

The average annual wage of a massage therapist in Indiana was $29,120 in 2014. This is on the lower side of state earnings, with the average national salary at $41,790. However, massage therapists who work in Cincinnati-Middletown have the opportunity to earn a higher salary, with the average for this city at $45,040 annually.